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Horley's Jack Fairman pub races ahead in the loos department
7:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Local News
Horley's Jack Fairman pub has done it again in the Loo of the Year Awards, winning the highest rating possible in the UK-wide scheme.
The pub in Victoria Road has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors in the annual event.
Last year, the pub won acclaim and praise for the state of its loos for the fourth year running in the scheme, picking up a gold star rating.
But this year, the local has even bettered that with a platinum rating.
The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of ‘away from home’ toilet provision across the UK.
Authorised inspectors make unannounced visits to hundreds of toilets, in order to judge them.
All of the toilets are graded from bronze to gold,with unacceptable toilets not graded at all. The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer “exceptional toilets.”
Ross Markwick, manager of the Jack Fairman, a Wetherspoon pub, said: “I am delighted with the award. “Staff at the pub work hard to ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”
The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment, and over-all management.
The Loo of the Year Awards 2013 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at The Jack Fairman have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.
“The pub richly deserves its platinum award – the highest individual award the judges can deliver.”
The pub's champion form in the loos stakes reflects the historic sporting form of its namesake. The Jack Fairman, which opened in 2007, is named after the racing driver Jack Fairman, who ran a car showroom on the site during the 1950s. Jack raced for Bristol, Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse and Aston Martin, and the bar displays pictures and memorabilia from his career. It was in the Aston Martin that he enjoyed his greatest successes by winning the Nurburgring 1,000km with Stirling Moss, and the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood with Moss and Carroll Shelby, both in 1959. His final Formula One race was in Imola, San Morino, in 1963.